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Savor's shrimp ceviche, available in section 116.
Savor's shrimp ceviche, available in section 116.

It's a tough job, but someone had to do it, right?

The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted OKC media members on Wednesday for a preseason look at the new food options for games inside Chesapeake Energy Arena this season.

We -- Sr. Assistant sports editor Jeff Patterson and I -- gladly obliged.

The Thunder has two primary partners for concessions and catering inside the arena -- Levy Restaurants and Savor Catering. Levy primarily serves fans in the suites and club level, while Savor takes care of folks on the concourse level.

Here is a quick look at some of the new offerings from Levy and Savor:


Levy's 50 oz. Porterhouse.
Levy's 50 oz. Porterhouse.

PORTERHOUSE BOARD

This giant 50 oz. steak is cooked and carved to order for fans inside the suites. The locally-produced steak is accompanied by a red wine demi-glace and horseradish sauce.

Where to get it: Only available in the suite level.

Quick thought: As long as it's not overcooked, how can you go wrong with a 50(!!!) oz. steak? It was awfully tasty.

Levy's sausage board.
Levy's sausage board.

LOCAL SAUSAGE BOARD

Levy offers three Schwab Meat Co. sausages, along with assorted mustards, Giardiniera relish and hoagie rolls. The sausages include hot links, jalapeno and chorizo. 

Where to get it: Only available in the suite level.

Quick thought: Folks in Oklahoma are pretty familiar with Schwab products. Hard to go wrong with any of the options. The hot link was great, but not all that hot.

Levy's chef pockets.
Levy's chef pockets.

CHEF-CRAFTED POCKETS

Levy offers three pockets (think fancy pizza pockets) -- pizza, caprese and taco. The pockets would be a great option for fans eager to get back to their seats for the game.

Where to get it: Club level section 201.

Quick thought: Tried the taco and caprese pockets. Both were really good, but the caprese stood out. Levy chef Ryan Craig agreed, saying the caprese pocket was his favorite.

The pork-belly LT.
The pork-belly LT.

PORK BELLY LT SANDWICH

Get it? It's a BLT with pork belly. Pork belly, lettuce, tomato. And it's DELICIOUS. Nothing too fancy here, other than the pork belly, but it's hard to beat a good BLT, right?

Where to get it: Club level section 207.

Quick thought: This was probably my favorite item of the day other than the Porterhouse. High quality pork belly. Great toast. Just be sure to wear a bib to keep the crumbs off your Thunder jersey.

Impossible burger
Impossible burger

IMPOSSIBLE BURGERS AND 405  STREET TACOS

Ok, so this is where it gets tricky. Levy and Savor have a few offerings featuring Impossible "meats". We won't go into to much detail (you can get that here), but Impossible "meats" are vegan and taste awfully similar to actual meat. 

Where to get it: Club level section 207 for the burgers. Club level section 215 for the street tacos.

Impossible street tacos
Impossible street tacos

Quick thought: Full disclosure: I was apprehensive. Almost didn't try it. But I did try Levy's burger and it was pretty good. The consistency of the patty is pretty similar to beef, just a little drier. I'm told the tacos were better than the hamburgers. 



Savor's brisket dog.
Savor's brisket dog.

BRISKET DOG

This is Savor's brisket hot dog on a pretzel bun topped with sweet and smoky beans and coleslaw. This huge thing could probably feed a couple people, or if you're like me...one hungry big dude.

Where to get it: Concourse sections 115 and 317.

Quick thought: This was also one of my favorites. The pretzel bun and sweet and smoky beans were excellent. Couldn't really taste the brisket dog, though.

Savor's chicken sandwich.
Savor's chicken sandwich.

CHICKEN SHACK SANDWICH

Fairly straight forward: chicken tenders, lettuce, tomato and Thunder sauce on a brioche bun. Your typical chicken sandwich plus a really good "Thunder" sauce. Savor chef Andrew Murin wouldn't give up the recipe for the Thunder sauce, though.

Where to get it: Concourse section 322.

Quick thought: The Thunder sauce is really good, but I couldn't come close to telling you what's in it. Tasted a little like Cane's sauce to me. 

Savor's wing assortment.
Savor's wing assortment.

WING'N IT WINGS

Hard to go wrong with wings and sports. Just have a few extra napkins handy. Savor offers four varieties of wings -- the MVP Wing, Kick'n Bourbon wing, Chipolte-Verde wing and a Mango-Habanero wing. 

Where to get it: Concourse sections 111 and 315.

Quick thought: The MVP wing was the best of the bunch. It has a dry seasoning similar to jerk seasoning, but Savor chef Andrew Murin added crushed plantains to his rub. Good stuff.

Savor's Impossible pasta.
Savor's Impossible pasta.

IMPOSSIBLE PASTA

This is Savor's take using the Impossible meats. It has lentil penne pasta, vegan Impossible meatballs, sauteed vegetables, garlic and white wine. Again, do your homework on the Impossible meats so you're not surprised.

Where to get it: Concourse section 116.

Quick thought: Didn't try the pasta, but several folks said this was their favorite dish of the day.

Savor's Hook Shot pretzel.
Savor's Hook Shot pretzel.

HOOK SHOT PRETZEL

Savor's HUGE Bavarian-style pretzel is served with beer cheese and Jack Daniels molasses mustard. This would easily feed a couple people.

Where to get it: Concourse section 116.

Quick thought: Fairly typical pretzel, but the beer cheese was outstanding. You'll have to try the mustard for yourself. 

Mini pies from Angie's Southern Kitchen.
Mini pies from Angie's Southern Kitchen.

ANGIE'S SOUTHERN KITCHEN MINI PIES

Who doesn't love pie? These are like the mini pies you can get at local grocery stories just much, much better. Savor offers three varieties -- Oklahoma pecan, buttermilk (Chef Andrew's favorite) and margarita.

Where to get it: Concourse section 109.

Quick thought: Tried the margarita pie. Tasted a little like key lime, but it was lighter and ... fluffier ... and not as tart. Good stuff.

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